There has been a lot of talk and rumors about cheating this semester and some students have even said things like “everyone else is going to cheat, so I also have to cheat”. We hope this message will clarify the school’s position on cheating.

Published 29 October 2020, 10.45 AM.

We are well prepared to prevent and detect cheating. In particular, the school:

  • has asked every course responsible to design exams that would allow to prevent and detect possible cases of cheating.
  • will take full advantage of the Wiseflow system to further detect cheating.
  • will follow through any suspected cases of cheating and the punishment, as described below, is severe.

Ethics of cheating

Cheating is a serious breach of trust in relation to NHH, fellow students and society in general, and NHH responds strongly to all forms of cheating or attempts to achieve a better result in a fraudulent manner.

Cheating is an active choice of violating the rules that you will have to live with for the rest of your life. If you cheat, you must be prepared to lie to your future employers (and employees) when they ask whether you cheated on your exams. Admitting to cheating will send a very bad signal about you. Even if you claim that you cheated because everyone else was doing it, it still doesn’t make it right.

Besides, grading in Norway is criteria-based, not rank-based. Your exam copy will get the same grade regardless of whether everyone else gets an A or an F. Related to what “everyone else” does and says. In the canteen, “everyone” claims to have only As. It doesn’t make it true.

What constitutes cheating

Examples of cheating include plagiarism, lacking citation, forbidden cooperation and communication, as well as having prohibited materials available during the examination.

It is important to know that the rules and regulations for cheating also apply if you do not have an intention to cheat and for complicity in cheating. This means that having access to something that is prohibited, even if you do not actively use it, is cheating. Helping someone else, even if it is you who give the other persons information without receiving something in return, is also cheating.

What are the consequences of cheating

Cheating will lead to your grade being annulled. Furthermore, it may result in you being barred from NHH or all Norwegian universities and university colleges for up to two semesters.

There is no period of limitation on the right to annul an exam. Cheating can thus be investigated long after it has taken place, and even after you have left the university. If a decision is made to annul an exam, grade transcripts and any diploma must be returned to the university.

What is proof of cheating

There are infinite ways to prove cheating. NHH uses text recognition applications directly incorporated into Wiseflow that checks your submitted paper for plagiarism against your own, previously submitted papers, against the papers of other students, against previously submitted texts and on the Internet.

Using numbers that are consistent with someone else's exam but not with yours (because you have different numbers or because your computations gave a different number) will be investigated. Further examples of proofs of cheating are incoming documentation, including chats and screen shots, showing that you talked about the course with someone else during the exam (even if the other person did not reply and you did not get any useful help) and documentation submitted by others that shows that you were planning on organising or partaking in a wrongful collaboration.

Code of conduct

Before the exams start this fall, you will be asked to sign a general code of conduct, declaring that you are aware that cheating is not allowed, what the consequences of cheating are and that you will not cheat.

To access and submit your exam in Wiseflow you will need to sign this code of conduct again, and, in the case of short home exams (less than 12 hours), you will also be asked to provide us with the physical address from which you are taking that particular exam.

Further information about cheating and links to the legal text related to the topic can be found here